JUN
25

Tennessee convict charged with killing two women in 2001

Dentures collected by investigators, in that case, had been placed in a police property room Enter Article DATE HERE MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee convict serving prison time for a 2001 rape has been charged with killing two women later that year, prosecutors said. A Shelby County grand jury has indicted Thomas Maupin, 70, on murder charge...
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JUN
18

Grayson Police Chief faces new charge of felony theft

Enter Headline here June 16, 2020 Grayson Chief of Police Mitch Bratton was booked into the Caldwell Parish Jail Tuesday on one count of felony theft. The new charge stems from an ongoing Louisiana State Police investigation and follows a June 4 arrest on two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of malfeasance in office. According to LSP,...
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JUN
17

Florida Keys murder cold case from 1991 solved, sheriff says

DNA was recently compared to DNA from the Tarrant County, Texas, scene where he was killed and determined to be a match. June 17, 2020 MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – It became known as the "Valentine Jane Doe Homicide" and was chronicled on "Unsolved Mysteries" and other shows. Three decades later, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says it has cracked the ...
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JUN
12

42-Year Old Cold Case Murder Solved; Real Estate Agent’s Body Was Found At Cantonment Home

DNA evidence was collected on scene, but lack of technology made it impossible to use for an arrest. June 11, 2020 On April 7, 1978, the body of 47-year-old Carolyn Cox Rose was discovered in a house in the Pine Forest Hills subdivision off Highway 297A. Rose, who was vice president of Better Homes Realty, received a call to show the empty home. Wh...
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JUN
06

Officials: Police chief in Louisiana took $4k in seized cash

"I won't debate the validity of the charge," Grayson Police Chief Mitch Bratton said as he announced his own arrest in a Facebook post on Thursday. May 5m 2020 GRAYSON, La. -- A police chief in Louisiana has been accused of taking thousands of dollars seized by officers as evidence in different cases. "I won't debate the validity of the charge," Gr...
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MAY
26

Property Officer - Sarasota County, FL


Salary: $32,791 – $56,394 per month Job Requirements: Demonstrate skill in the use of computer and office equipment to perform position tasks.Ability to formulate and maintain accurate records.Ability to comprehend and interpret complex subject matter.Ability to perform physical duties-ascend/descend ladders/bend/kneel/lift.Ability to organize...
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MAY
21

How a true crime book and a DNA hit led to an arrest in Spring Hill's coldest case — and maybe more


Baldwin, a long-haul truck driver who'd traveled across 48 states May 21, 2020 About a year ago, Spring Hill Police Department patrolman Ty Hadley saw a book on a desk inside a co-worker's office and unknowingly started a life-changing conversation. The hardback, "In the Name of the Children" by retired FBI Special Agent Jeffrey L. Rinek, belonged ...
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MAY
19

Evidence Technician or Evidence Technician Trainee - Daytona Beach, FL


Salary: See Link Below for Specifics Job Requirements: The Volusia Sheriff's Office is seeking an Evidence Technician or Evidence Technician Trainee to work in a high liability position responsible for the acquisition, receipt, control and distribution of evidence related material, as well as abandoned and recovered properties. This position will b...
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MAY
18

Council Meeting Erupts Over Evidence Room Policies

Outraged to learn that despite a recent evidence room scandal, the BPD was storing evidence in a room adjacent to the city auditorium. May 18, 2020 BRADENTON — Tensions erupted during Wednesday's Bradenton City Council meeting when the council returned to the subject of a proposed charter referendum to remove mayoral oversight of the city's police ...
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MAY
16

Fayetteville Police employee fired after stealing marijuana from evidence

The internal investigation revealed Churchill took marijuana that was scheduled for destruction May 15,2020 FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) -- An employee with the Fayetteville Police Department's Evidence Division has been fired after stealing marijuana from evidence.On April 7, Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds became aware that Meghan Churchill,...
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APR
22

State auditor: Central Police Dept's lack of paperwork leaves $7k worth of ammunition unaccounted for

Enter Headline here April 21, 2020 CENTRAL - After the Louisiana Legislature's Auditor conducted a review of the City of Central's Police Department it found evidence of disturbing errors in the department's paperwork and operations under its previous Chief of Police. According to a letter dated March 30 of this year, Central's current Chief of Pol...
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APR
07

Lithonia police chief terminated after private investigation

Allegations against the chief included missing guns from ongoing investigations, missing badges and personnel allegations from officers regarding paid time. March 5, 2020 Allegations against the chief included missing guns from ongoing investigations, missing badges and personnel allegations from officers regarding paid time. That investigation con...
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APR
05

Fairfax County detectives solve ’72 cold case murder of Karen Lee Spencer

The suspect, James "Jimmy" Edwards died in 1997. April 5, 2020 FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) — Police say they have solved the murder of a 12-year-old Virginia girl, who was last seen alive in 1972. The Cold Case Squad at the Fairfax County Police Department believes Karen Lee Spencer's alleged boyfriend at the time killed her in the Huntington area o...
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MAR
28

Lost ashes in vacant Bradenton lot were a mystery. Sheriff’s employee solved it

Sheriff Rick Wells did the honor in presenting the award to Kaczmarek. March 26, 2020 Manatee When Renee Kaczmarek left her position at the Manatee County jail two years ago to serve as a property and evidence processor for the sheriff's office, she didn't realize the surprises her new job would throw her way. After all, what could one possibly see...
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MAR
23

Charleston Police to temporarily restrict release of property held in evidence

The only items to be released will be those items deemed in need of urgent release March 22, 2020 CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department Evidence Office will temporarily restrict the release of property during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The only items to be released will be those items deemed in need of urgent release, poli...
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MAR
22

DNA evidence on discarded cigarette leads Florida authorities to killer in decades-old cold case

  Daniel Wells was arrested on Wednesday and charged with sexual battery and the murder of 23-year-old Tonya McKinley, who was found dead on New Year's Day 35 years ago. March 20, 2020 The DNA evidence found on a discarded cigarette has allowed authorities in Florida to arrest the suspected killer in a decades-old cold case. Daniel Wells was a...
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MAR
22

Florida police make arrest in 35-year-old cold case homicide using familial DNA

DNA sample obtained from the scene of the crime through an open-source genealogy database and identified several different people believed to be distant cousins of the suspect. March 22, 2020 PENSACOLA, Fla. – Tonya Ethridge McKinley was 23 years old and had an 18-month-old son waiting for her at home when she was killed in the early-morning hours ...
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MAR
20

Sarasota Sheriff apologizes for destroying evidence in sexual assault, attempted murder cases

Prosecutors dropped charges; the suspect was recently sentenced to 25 years for a separate crime. March 19, 2020 SARASOTA — An antiquated policy led a Sarasota County Sheriff's Office lieutenant to destroy DNA evidence in two unsolved felony cases in the mid-2000s to make room in evidence storage, Sheriff Tom Knight said in a candid admission Wedne...
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MAR
13

GBI arrests former LaFayette City Court clerk accused of stealing money from police

Enter Headline here March 11, 2020 LAFAYETTE, Ga. — State agents have arrested a woman accused of taking money from the police department during her time as LaFayette City Court clerk. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says on Tuesday, March 10, Jan Bridges was arrested for theft of fiduciary - theft over $500. Back in October 2019, LaFayette Pol...
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MAR
12

Pensacola Police HQ temporarily locked down after officers possibly exposed to fentanyl

Pensacola Police Headquarters is currently on lockdown March 10, 2020 PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) – Pensacola Public Information Officer Mike Wood said three officers were working in an evidence room when one officer became lightheaded. He said the officers may have been exposed to fentanyl. All three officers were taken to the hospital, and the lobby o...
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FEB
27

Ex-Gwinnett drug task force member gets 10 years for stealing narcotics to traffic

None of the meth was checked into evidence February 28, 2020 A former Gwinnett County deputy, who was part of a federal drug task force, was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for stealing drugs while on the job and trafficking it back onto the streets, authorities said. Antione Riggins, 41, of Loganville, pleaded guilty late last year to drug ...
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FEB
19

Former deputy pleads guilty to evidence theft, trafficking charges

Charges that included 16 counts of breaking and entering and one count of trafficking opium or heroin February 18,  A former Haywood County Sheriff's Deputy charged in 2018 with several felonies related to the theft of evidence, including narcotics, will be spending at least the next seven years behind bars. Kevin Smathers pleaded guilty to al...
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FEB
14

Untested rape kit backlog has returned: GBI

The backlog of overall evidence that needs to be tested is over 44,000 February 15, 2020 ATLANTA — State officials say a backlog of hundreds of untested rape kits is accumulating at the GBI crime lab once again – and proposed budget cuts could make it worse. The situation spotlights a half-billion dollars in budget cuts proposed by Gov. Brian Kemp ...
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FEB
05

State police deny allegations in whistleblower lawsuit

The troopers contend evidence was stolen by a KSP sergeant for "personal gain and to benefit his family members." February 1, 2020 The Kentucky State Police deny any wrongdoing in response to a civil lawsuit filed by three current and former Kentucky State Police Post 4 employees, who claim other employees stole evidence and they faced retaliation ...
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JAN
30

Police Evidence Supervisor - Burlington, NC


Salary: $50,000 to $65,998.40 (DQO), competitive full-time benefits Job Requirements: The Burlington Police Department is a CALEA Advanced Gold Standard agency, serving a community of over 53,000 citizens with 139 sworn officers. Currently maintaining 63,000 items of evidence and undergoing a $150,000 expansion to evidence storage.Anticipated start...
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JAN
17

Margate cop fired after cocaine went missing

Investigators determined nothing had been turned into the agency's property evidence room. January 11, 2020 A Margate police officer has been fired after falling under suspicion of taking a man's cocaine and later testing positive for drugs, according to newly released police records. An anonymous police employee tipped off the police department ab...
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JAN
02

Arrest made in 2005 cold case murder of 79-year-old woman in Pasco County

He lived about two blocks away from Bobrick and was tied to these crimes with a few key pieces of evidence; including one of his hairs found in her home. December 27, 2019 ASCO COUNTY, Fla. — A more than 14-year-old cold case murder investigation was heating up in Pasco County on Friday. Brian Stoll, 34, was arrested and accused of beating to death...
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DEC
13

Kentucky State Police troopers claim fellow officers stole evidence

The only stolen evidence specifically identified in the suit are three pairs of Eddie Bauer shoes. December 12, 2019 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Three Kentucky State Police commanding officers have filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the state and department, claiming they were retaliated against for reporting that troopers were stealing evidence se...
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DEC
07

Greenville (NC) police lose evidence in 1975 Looper murders amid review of the case

Greenville Police Department has been unable to find the evidence after searching investigator work stations, case files, and storage areas. December 5, 2019 A recently discovered letter that could implicate a former Greenville County sheriff and members of his team in the 1975 murder of a deputy and his father is missing. Greenville police found t...
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DEC
01

Updated: Former Orangeburg police captain charged; audit shows $17,000 missing from evidence

A warrant accuses Shultz of removing confiscated money from the ODPS evidence room. November 20, 2019 Former Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Capt. Carl Wayne Shultz is accused of taking $17,167.58 in confiscated money while he was employed as an officer.The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has charged the 48-year-old Shultz with one count of mi...
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NOV
25

Former Harrison County deputy found guilty of distributing heroin to confidential informants

Trial evidence established that Rock acquired the FLIGHT 18 heroin from the evidence lockers at the now-defunct SCAD Unit Enter Article DATE HERE CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – A former Harrison County Sheriff's Deputy who in August was found guilty on 18 state charges related to falsifying documents has now been found guilty on federal drug charges for ...
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NOV
20

Wetumpka Police Officer Faces Felony Theft Charges for Items Stolen from Station Evidence Room

The State Bureau of Investigations is investigating the case.​ November 20, 2019 Former Wetumpka police officer, Sean Blackburn, faces felony charges. Blackburn has been charged with with 2 counts of second degree theft. Elmore County District Attorney, Randall Houston, couldn't go into specifics about what was stolen, but it was items from the evi...
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NOV
19

Hollywood Police Department says missing evidence a thing of the past

"We believe the practices we have in place will prevent any problems in the future," November 20, 2019 When Hollywood police failed to keep track of their evidence room — losing $137,609 in cash and 1,096 pills — they got a sharp rebuke from a county watchdog agency for not catching the colossal error. The missing evidence cost the police departmen...
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NOV
16

Ex-officer appeals loss of certification

Case linked to evidence discrepancies November 15, 2019 BENTONVILLE -- A former Bella Vista police officer is appealing the loss of his law enforcement certification. Michael Kugler filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Benton County Circuit Court against the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training to have his certification reinstated. T...
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NOV
16

Deputy fired for having sex in Rutherford County Sheriff's Office evidence room

The deputy who lost her job and the on-duty patrol deputy had sex in the evidence room two or three times this year, November 17, 2019 A deputy lost her job recently after Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh discovered she had sex in an evidence room. The deputy, who had the rank of corporal, "engaged in sexual intercourse while on duty in her ...
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NOV
11

U.S. grand jury indicts ex-deputy in theft of FBI's $30,400

FBI agents found some of the missing $30,400 in Pillow's pants pocket and the rest of it in a safe he had hidden inside a cooler i Enter Article DATE HERE A federal grand jury in Little Rock has handed up an indictment charging a former Greene County sheriff's lieutenant with the theft of $30,400 in government funds. Allen Scott Pillow, 55, of...
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NOV
11

Taking Firearms From Domestic Violence Suspects Is Challenging, Officials Say

Sheriff Matthew Wade said the boxes held just some of the 921 guns stored by deputies in the Sheriff's Office's three evidence lockers. November 11, 2019 ANNISTON, Ala. — Dozens of white boxes sat stacked atop shelves and propped against walls on a recent Wednesday in a small room in the back of the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office. Some of the smal...
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OCT
27

Records show sheriff’s office hasn’t turned in unclaimed money in past 5 years to state

No unclaimed money has ever been given to the State Literary Fund, at least in the past five years October 25, 2019 HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - No unclaimed money has ever been given to the State Literary Fund, at least in the past five years, according to the Hanover County Sheriff's Office's own records. On Your Side Investigator, Diane Walker f...
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OCT
14

Petersburg police and four other city agencies ends without further charges

The missing money led Petersburg prosecutors to seek the dismissal of charges against at least three criminal defendants because monetary evidence in their cases inexplicably disappeared. October 11, 2019 A special prosecutor appointed three years ago to investigate more than $10,000 in missing cash from the Petersburg Bureau of Police's evidence r...
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OCT
10

Lost ring from killer's burn barrel scuttles sheriff's office accreditation

Smith said the costume jewelry — a ring found in a burn barrel during a homicide investigation in 2016 — was checked out by an investigator about three months after he took office that same year. The ring was never returned. October 9, 2019 VERONA - The Augusta County Sheriff's Office was recently denied accreditation after a piece of costume jewel...
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OCT
05

Thousands of rape kits logged, tracked one year after N.C. starts tracking system

More than 2,000 new kits and 8,000 old kits were entered into the system, according to the North Carolina Department of Justice. Enter Article DATE HERE RALEIGH, N.C. (WMBF) - More than 10,000 sexual assault kits were logged into North Carolina's online tracking system in the first year. Last October, the state introduced the statewide system ...
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OCT
05

Former Gwinnett Sheriff's deputy indicted for stealing confiscated drugs

s accused of stealing cocaine and methamphetamine before they could be entered as evidence in cases October 1, 2019 A former Gwinnett county sheriff's deputy and federal drug task force member has been indicted in federal court on charges that he used his position to steal some of the drugs that he was tasked with getting off the streets. Antione R...
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SEP
29

Do-it-yourself rape evidence kits halted after states send cease-and-desist letters

Now two companies are halting the sale of do-it-yourself evidence collection kits after being threatened with legal action. September 29, 2019 ARLINGTON, Va. (ABC7) — They boasted an "alternative solution" for sexual assault survivors. Now two companies are halting the sale of do-it-yourself evidence collection kits after being threatened with lega...
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DNA cold case: Louisiana woman charged in 25-year-old murder of 'Baby Jane Doe'

​The newborn, dubbed 'Baby Jane Doe' by investigators, was found Jan. 24, 1994, in a 55-gallon drum behind Bob's Car Wash in Jeanerette, September 26, 2019 A Louisiana woman has been charged with murder after DNA evidence linked her to a newborn girl left to freeze to death in a trash can 25 years ago, authorities said. Sonia Charles, 50, of New Ib...
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Tennessee ex-sheriff worker charged with evidence room theft

A former sheriff's department employee in Tennessee is facing charges of stealing from the office's evidence room September 21, 2019 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former sheriff's department employee in Tennessee is facing charges of stealing from the office's evidence room. According to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation news release, 53-year-old Ton...
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17

Arrests made in cold case homicide reported in 1980

The Repository also assisted with the documentation of the victim's DNA profil Aufust 19, 2019 On November 5, 1980, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office received a complaint related to the discovery of skeletal remains near Highway 28 West, in the Gardener area. The complainant reported the remains were located in a wooded area near Nichols Cemetery...
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Fetus stored in freezer for 6 years

"Nobody wants to hold that type of evidence," Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. "A proper burial needs to be done. Enter Article DATE HERE LABADIEVILLE - The WBRZ Investigative Unit uncovered disturbing details about a 16-week-old fetus that has been jammed in a freezer for the past six years in Assumption Parish. Tonight, the newly elected First ...
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07

EDITORIAL: Is there better way to return stolen property?

How much work should police do to return stolen merchandise to the rightful owner? September 7, 2019 OUR POSITION: Perhaps a better policy could be hammered out on how to return stolen property to victims. Experiencing a theft is surely an unpleasant, sometimes scary and always inconvenient event. But, having your property recovered and not being a...
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07

Do-it-yourself rape evidence kit will hurt effort to prosecute rapists, AG warns

Attorneys general issue warnings September 6, 2019 A do-it-yourself evidence kit for rape survivors being marketed by a New York company won't actually help prosecutors convict rapists, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein warned Wednesday. Creators of the MeToo Kit say the evidence collection process is so simple, anyone can do it. Following...
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07

Thousands of rape kits untested in Arkansas

Enter Headline here September 7, 2019 LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Reports reveal that Arkansas has over a thousand untested rape kits, but a new law is looking to change the testing timeline and will allow the victim to know where their kit stands. Executive Director of North West Arkansas Center for Sexual Assault Anne Shelley said that they are asked to...
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